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Rockstar Donor: Halina Walters

Rockstar Donor: Halina Walters

Meet Halina Walters.  Halina is 11 years old and lives in the Bay Area in Northern California.  Halina recently asked her mother if she could do something philanthropic for her birthday in-lieu of gifts.  She had heard about kids in other countries and in our own that are without the basic necessities (Continue reading…)

What Do We Need From Haiti?

What Do We Need From Haiti?

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster: Last week, I had the privilege of traveling to Haiti with Soles4Souls for the fourth time in less than two years.  I was joined by an amazing group of people who have collected more than 200,000 pairs of shoes in total…these people (Continue reading…)

Pat’s Haiti Journal: Part II

Pat's Haiti Journal: Part II

This is part 2 of Pat’s trip to Haiti: May 21, 2014: Wednesday Awoke during the night.  Where am I really?  Right. Haiti. Soles4Souls. This was a choice, Pat.  Take it all in.  Relish your time here.  Give back your blessings. OMG! A cold shower.  I kept running the water (Continue reading…)

Pat’s Haiti Journal: Part I

Pat's Haiti Journal: Part I

Pat traveled with us to Haiti last month. She journaled every day and was kind enough to share her personal journey with us. Below, you will find the honest and raw account of a Soles4Souls international distribution trip. If you’ve ever wondered what a trip looks like day-to-day, you can (Continue reading…)

The “Haves” and “Have Nots”

The "Haves" and "Have Nots"

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster: This week I’ve been reading William Easterly’s The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor.  It’s a little above my head as I’m not a development economist or any kind of economist.  Or a historian for that matter.  And even though the (Continue reading…)

Having a Purpose Matters

Having a Purpose Matters

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ CEO, Buddy Teaster: Sometimes I’m not sure what I’m doing on Twitter. It hosts an incredible amount of information and I’ve not invested enough time to figure out the best ways to filter it.  But I do pay attention to a few people and @matt (Continue reading…)

Updates from Africa!

Updates from Africa!

This is a busy week for our travel coordinators and volunteers! Dalice Kennedy, who heads up the Soles4Souls Australia division, is in Kigoma with a team of amazing volunteers. They’re distributing footwear there in Africa. Tiffany Johnson, from our Nashville office, is in Haiti with five more volunteers. We are (Continue reading…)

“These shoes are good for jumping in puddles”

"These shoes are good for jumping in puddles"

Today’s post is from Soles4Souls’ Travel Director, Kelly Hoskins: It was a busy Monday and I wanted to go straight home for an after-work nap.  Instead, I had to uphold my commitments, which are very important to me, as Dr. Seuss taught me as a child.  “Be who you are (Continue reading…)

Fluorescent Hot Pink

Fluorescent Hot Pink

Dewanna Grace, a volunteer with Baptist Medical Dentist Missions International, traveled to the village of Vado Ancho to distribute shoes and clothing and offer medical assistance. We were able to provide a shipment of shoes for them to distribute. What Dewanna saw there left her both overjoyed and somber. She (Continue reading…)

Three Cheers for…Shoes!

Three Cheers for...Shoes!

We had the pleasure of distributing shoes to middle school students in Florida recently. The distribution enabled kids to receive shoes when their parents were unable to afford them.   The dean of students told us: “Our students were given shoes on an ‘as needed’ basis. When a teacher identified (Continue reading…)